by , on May 5, 2015

Hugh Hoagland and Stacy Klausing, M.Sc. are named as voting members of the technical committee for NFPA 2112 Standard on Flame-Resistant Garments for the Protection of Industrial Personnel Against Flash Fire.

The technical committee is responsible for the development of both the NFPA 2112 and NFPA 2113 documents.

Hugh Hoagland is an expert on electrical arc testing and safety, has helped develop arc-rated rainwear and face shields, and has numerous patents related to arc flash protection. He has aided the development of legislation and standards in both the U.S. and Europe and was recently appointed by the U.S. National Committee of the IEC as an expert on IEC – TC78/PT 78-13-1. Hugh is a highly sought-after trainer on arc flash and performs independent arc flash incident investigations for companies around the globe. Hugh was a founding member in 1999 and returns to represent ArcWear Textile Testing on the flash fire committee.

Stacy Klausing is the PPE Project Manager at ArcWear. Her professional experience includes project management in testing laboratories, testing and evaluating fabric related to PPE and the quality process of continuous improvement. She earned her Master of Science degree from the University of Kentucky in Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles with a special focus on Textile Science. Stacy is a Six Sigma Green Belt from North Carolina State University.

NFPA 2113 specifies the minimum selection, care, use, and maintenance requirements of garments that are compliant with NFPA 2112.

NFPA 2112 is essential for manufacturers and certifying agencies. This standard protects workers from flash fire exposure and injury by specifying how to test the fabrics and garments that are labeled flame-resistant and how that fabric or garment is to perform when exposed to flash fire.

The criteria for the standards encompass the design, construction, evaluation, and certification of flame-resistant garments used by industrial workers. The intent is to not contribute to the burn injury of the wearer, to provide a degree of protection to the wearer, and to reduce the severity of burn injuries.

The first draft report for the 2016 revision cycle is currently open for public comment. The public input closing date for online submissions is May 15, 2015, and the new edition of the NFPA 2112 standard is expected to be published in 2017.

To participate in public comments or to access information about the NFPA 2112 standard or relevant revision documents, go to the NFPA website.


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Hugh Hoagland is the foremost tester of clothing and PPE exposed to electrical arcs and is an arc flash expert. Read more about Hugh.


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